Most cases of gout are controllable. Treatment involves medication and avoiding anything that raises levels of uric acid. Because uric acid is a by-product of the metabolism of purine, a substance naturally found in body tissues, you'll never get rid of it entirely. However, if you have gout, or have been told you're at high risk, there are several ways to keep uric-acid levels as low as possible.
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